Simpson, Welsh, Viveiros to be added to Raiders Wall of HonourOctober 29, 2008 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Prince Albert Raiders Press Release
Past inductees onto the Raiders Wall of Honour include: 2006-07 - Builder: Reg Martsinkew, Players: Alvin Moore, Dan Hodgson, 2007-08: Builders: Ralph & Carole Ring, Players: Dave Tippett, Dave Manson.
The Past Presidents of the Raiders annually put forward their nomination for the Wall of Honour, which is located in the South East corner of the Art Hauser Centre.
Simpson coached the Prince Albert Raiders for 15 seasons - from 1972 through 1986, then again in 1988-89. He coached each of the Raider Championship teams - Centennial Cup champions in 1977, 78, 80 and 81 and Memorial Cup winners in 1985.
Simpson was instrumental in moving the Raiders franchise from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League to the Western Hockey League in 1983
He went on to be a head coach in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets and Philadelphia Flyers. Simpson is now retired and resides in Saskatoon.
The Raiders Alumni put forward names of players from two eras of teams - from the SJHL and WHL for induction onto the wall:
Theran Welsh played 3 years for the Raiders from 1974-77 culminating in leading the Raiders to their first Centennial Cup in 1977, as Captain. Welsh was one of 3 Raiders named to the Centennial Cup All-Star Team as they swept the Pembroke (Ont.) Lumber Kings in 4 straight games, including the clinching 4-3 win at the Comuniplex. Welsh says one of the highlights for him was when the 76-77 team was named the Prince Albert Sportsmen of the Year.
Welsh is now the Principal of the Certified Public Accountants firm of SVA in Madison, Wisconsin.
The defensive core of the 1985 Memorial Cup Championship team was led by Emanuel Viveiros. "Viv" played 251 games as a Raider from 1982-86 amassing 60 goals and 261 assists for 321 points, an average of over 1 and a quarter points per game. In 1985-86 Viveiros was named the Deefenceman of the Year and Player of the Year in the Eastern Conference.
Viveiros was selected in the 6th round of the 1984 Entry Draft, 106th overall by the Edmonton Oilers. His NHL rights were subsequently traded to the Minnesota North Stars with whom he appeared in 29 games from 1985-88 with 1 goal and 11 assists.
He went on to play in the American Hockey League with Springfield and International Hockey League with Kalamazoo and Albany until the early 1990's. Viveiros then enjoyed a 15 year career playing in Europe. Currently Viveiros is coaching in Austria.
Tickets for the Wall of Honour game Saturday, November 15 when the Raiders host the Red Deer Rebels are available at the Raider Office.
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